Season 27 of Dancing With the Stars kicked off Monday night, and while many of the contestants were newbies to the ballroom dance floor, one celebrity in particular had an additional challenge to face.
Paralympic alpine skier Danelle Umstead is the first-ever blind contestant to compete on the ABC reality series. For her debut performance, she and her partner, Artem Chigvintsev, danced the foxtrot to Andra Day"s "Rise Up" in the video below.
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Danelle delivered a graceful rendition of the dance, and judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Bruno Tonioli were impressed with her efforts, giving her a solid 6, 6, 6 score across the board, or an 18 out of 30.
"I"m still processing what I just witnessed, because I think it"s a lot more information than we"re actually noticing," Carrie Ann said after the performance. "What you did was spectacular. The way you moved through uncertainty, and the trust that ... I think we could all feel the bond between you and Artem, which was so magical. It moved as one body."
Danelle began losing her vision at the age of 13 and doctors later diagnosed her with retinitis pigmentosa, according to Cosmpolitan.com. As an adult, she was also diagnosed with MS, but that has never stopped the 46-year-old athlete from pursuing her dreams. She is a three-time Paralympian and has won three bronze medals in alpine skiing.
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Danelle will find out next Monday night if she and Artem will advance onto the next round in the hopes of winning this season"s mirror ball trophy.
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